Kaweesi Cautions Isabirye On City Crime

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The outgoing Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Felix Kaweesi has urged his successor, Haruna Isabirye, to use the public if he wants to fight delinquent groups in the city.

The outgoing Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Felix Kaweesi has urged his successor, Haruna Isabirye, to use the public if he wants to fight delinquent groups like ‘Walk to work’.
 
Kaweesi, who was recently elevated to head police operations, told different invited guests at his handover ceremony at Central Police Station Kampala today afternoon,  that he managed to defeat ‘Walk to work protest’ using the public in intelligence gathering.
 
Kaweesi said “Walk to Work wasn’t defeated by the men in Uniform; it was through the market people and boda boda cyclists who told the police what the other people plotted.
 
He said that at the time he inherited Kampala Metropolitan Area from Grace Turyagumanawe, ‘Walk To Work Protest’ was in its dangerous infant stage and the security was confused on which direction to take. Kaweesi says he was able to deliver the assignment of subduing the perpetuators of the protest after putting up a versatile crime preventers’ team.
 
Walk to work was an opposition protest that started immediately after the 2011 elections to protest a deteriorating economy characterised by scarcity of basic goods and high commodity prices.
 
Kaweesi tasked Isabirye to be hard on the force because some of the criminals are embedded within. He said although he had tried to fight the fraudsters in the force, some sections like Criminal Investigations and Flying Squad still use them. He revealed that conmen  who mischievously got close to police rank and file have already thrown a party after his departure from Kampala because he had thoroughly dealt with them.
 
He  warned the Kampala criminals that he hasn’t left policing, vowing  to stretch his hand farther now that he is in charge of operations of the whole country. He hinted on the gang leaders including the jailed rally driver Ponsiano Rwakataka whom he said he would deal with.
 
Away from the integrity challenge that lies before the commandant, police night visibility needs to be improved. Kaweesi said that often commanders lie on radio calls to be at a particular place of need and this has been a general complaint even from the Inspector General of Police (IGP). He thanked the president and the IGP for elevating him to such level, saying during his three-year tenure he managed to bring service closer to the people.
 
Kaweesi said he has left Kampala with 17 divisions, 82 police stations, and 84 police posts.
 
In order to succeed, the outgoing KPM commander said Isabirye needs to love his troops and the people he serves.
 
On her part, Kampala Resident City Commissioner Aisha Kabanda cautioned Isabirye against people who commit crimes and hide under being NRM party supporters.
 
Isabirye pledged to work with the current structures that Kaweesi established particularly the crime preventers to rid Kampala of criminals.